Elsa Lafuente Medianu (born in Madrid on July 18, 1976), artistically known as Elsa Pataky, is a Spanish actress, journalist, producer and model. Pataky rose to fame for her character as Raquel Alonso in the Spanish television series Al Salida de Clase (1997-2002). Throughout her career she has worked on American, Spanish, French, Italian and British productions, such as Ninette (2005) or in The Fast and the Furious film series (2011-2017).
In this article, we are going to bring you a list of the 10 best performances by Elsa Pataky. We are going to focus solely on her film appearances as we bring you the 10 most memorable ones in her career.
1. Fast Five – Elena Neves
Release Date: 2011
Since Brian O’Conner and Mia Toretto extricated Dominic Toretto from the hands of justice, they have had to cross many borders to escape the authorities. Retired in Rio, they are forced to mount a final blow to be cleared and regain their freedom.
They assemble an elite team, bringing together the most knowledgeable pilots, aware that their only chance of being acquitted for good behavior requires a confrontation with the shady businessman, Hernan Reyes, who wishes to see them dead. But he is not alone in their heels. The ruthless federal agent Luke Hobbs has never missed his targets.
Assigned to track down fugitives, he and his shock team develop a relentless assault device intended to capture them. Sifting through Brazil, Luke realizes how thin the line between the good guys and the bad guys is. He must then rely on his instinct to corner his prey and prevent another from flushing them out before him.
2. 12 Strong – Jean Nelson
Release Date: 2018
On September 11, 2001, Captain Mitch Nelson, belonging to the 5th Special Group of the U.S. Special Forces. Army, he just moved in with his family, requesting an administrative post so as not to be too far away from his wife and daughter. Following the attacks of 11 September, the captain insists on regaining command of his team, the ODA 595 (just disbanded).
However, there are initial hesitations from the superiors, due to the fact that the captain is indeed a good officer respected by his comrades, but he has never been on a combat mission. Despite this, ODA 595 is reactivated and sent to Uzbekistan. The mission is delicate and vital for the outcome of the war. In the north of Afghanistan the main militia of the Northern Alliance is led by General Abdul Rashid Dostum, and is numerous and combative, but poorly equipped.
The detachment of 12 special forces soldiers must arm the militia, call air strikes on enemy forces and lead the allies in the liberation of the city of Mazar-i Sharif, which the Taliban have occupied for three years and rule with an iron fist (the same Dostum’s family was massacred by order of their regional commander, Mullah Rezzan).
In short, they will have to face a larger army, made up of thousands of fighters between Taliban and Al Quaeda terrorists of the 055 Brigade, and better armed (equipped with tanks, armored vehicles and artillery dating back to the Soviet era) fighting alongside militiamen who are still fighting. like knights.
3. Snakes on a Plane – Maria
Release Date: 2006
In Hawaii, Sean Jones witnesses the torture and then the assassination of a prosecutor. The murderer is mob boss Eddie Kim. Sean is then put under police protection, in particular that of Neville Flynn and John Sanders. For him to testify in Los Angeles, they board a plane and commandeer first class. After more than an hour of flight, a hundred snakes are released into the hold by a time delay device.
Getting under the seats, no one notices their presence. A woman listening to her walkman almost gets bitten by a Schlegel’s viper. Two of them, including a water moccasin, kill the couple of Kyle and Kelly, who had planned to have sex in a cabin. A green mamba kills a passenger who has gone into the toilet.
A spotted snake-king intrudes into the sleeping Mrs. Bova’s dress and a coral snake hides in Mercedes’ bag. By causing a short circuit, a snake forces Sam McKeon, one of the pilots, to descend into the hold and the latter is bitten by a Gaboon viper. Flynn, Sanders, Rick, the other pilot, Sean and Claire, the flight attendant, don’t understand that there are snakes because the pilot makes an attack after being bitten.
But a few minutes later, Rick sees snakes coming out of his dashboard and while trying to chase them away, he causes a short circuit which causes the oxygen masks to descend, along with snakes. The passengers are panicked: Maria flees but is knocked out with her baby; Mercedes with her chihuahua; Paul, the businessman manages to go to the front of the plane where the snakes are absent while Three G’s discovers the bodies of Kyle and Kelly and Big Leroy is bitten.
Mrs Bova is killed by being bitten in the eye by the snake in her dress. Tommy and Curtis, two brothers, hide but Tommy is bitten by a cobra. The remaining passengers take refuge at the front and block the aisles with luggage. Meanwhile, John is bitten by a yellow eyelash viper and dies. Mercedes regains consciousness and is saved by Chen Leong, a kickboxing champion. Maria comes to, and her baby is rescued by Grace, who is bitten by a rattlesnake.
4. Ninette – Alajandra ‘Ninette’
Release Date: 2005
Ninette Sánchez (Elsa Pataky) is an intelligent, sexy, funny and spontaneous Parisian girl who works at Galeries Lafayette. She, with her naturalness and beauty, has the staff in love, especially Andrés (Carlos Hipólito), a humble Spanish salesman who falls for her many charms. But the girl’s parents, Pedro (Fernando Delgado) and Bernarda (Beatriz Carvajal) will not make it easy for her.
5. Iznogud – Prehti-Ouhman
Release Date: 2005
The infamous Grand Vizier Iznogoud is more than ever ready to do anything to become Caliph in place of Caliph Haroun El Poussah. But the adventures will not miss.
6. Giallo – Celine
Release Date: 2009
Turin. Posing as a taxi driver, a mysterious individual quickly kidnaps two girls, Keiko and the young model Celine. Celine is kidnapped just as she is on the phone with Linda, her sister, aboard the taxi. The latter, alarmed by the interrupted phone call and by her sister’s delay in returning home, turns to the police.
Linda is sent to the police station by Enzo Avolfi, a young inspector who joined the police after stabbing to death the butcher who murdered her mother before her eyes. In short, the man is convinced that he is dealing with the serial killer he has been chasing for some time: the Yellow, a maniac who disfigures and then kills his victims, always very beautiful women, foreigners and young people towards whom he ventures his anger for its deformity.
When Keiko is found wrapped in plastic and apparently a corpse right in front of the entrance to the convent of the city, Inspector Avolfi who has arrived in the meantime manages to collect the girl’s last words before expiring. Having them translated from Japanese, Avolfi discovers that the girl, after reciting the sutra de, repeatedly says she is Yellow.
It will be an intuition of Linda to make Avolfi’s suspicions converge on a possible liver patient suffering from jaundice, from which the yellow color of the skin would derive. Having gone to the Polyclinic to have the list of patients under treatment delivered, Avolfi notices from afar a man he understands to be the Yellow, who, however, when alarmed, manages to escape. Avolfi, however, dates back to the identity of the man, whose name is Flavio Volpe.
7. The Fate of the Furious – Elena Neves
Release Date: 2017
Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodríguez) are on their honeymoon in Havana (Cuba) when a stranger, who turns out to be Cipher (Charlize Theron), shows Dom a video that convinces him to work for her. . For his part, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has become, to please his daughter, the coach of the football team where she plays.
Hobbs agrees to lead a mission to Berlin to recover an EMP bomb; when the objective is reached and everything seems over, Dom crashes into Hobbs’ vehicle in order to seize the latter and bring it to Cipher. Hobbs, sent to prison, finds there Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), with whom he escapes with the help of Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) and his new assistant, Eric (Scott Eastwood). Brought together by Mr. Nobody, Hobbs and the “family” reluctantly join forces with Shaw (whose Cipher is also an enemy) in order to find Dom and understand the reasons for his betrayal.
In reality, Cipher is holding hostage his ex-girlfriend, Elena (Elsa Pataky), and their son he didn’t know existed. Cipher, who knows how important family is to Dom, has taken them away to hold Dom at her mercy.
8. Furious 7 – Elena Neves
Release Date: 2015
After defeating Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and his gang, and obtaining amnesty, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and their friends are back in the United States to lead a new quiet family life. Brian begins to adjust to his life as a father while Dom tries to help Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) regain her memory by taking her back to the Race Wars; however.
After an altercation with Hector (Noel Gugliemi), an old friend of theirs and organizer of the tournament, she leaves. Later, Dom finds her in the cemetery in front of her grave, convinced that she will never regain her memory. As Dom prepares to destroy her, Letty stops him, insisting that the Letty he knew died the day she lost her memory, and so it’s a new Letty he has. in front of him.
And with these words, Letty abandons Dom and disappears in the car. Early in the film, Owen’s older brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), has broken into the secure hospital where Owen lies in a coma and has sworn revenge on Dom and his team.
9. Fast & Furious 6 – Elena Neves
Release Date: 2013
Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Conner and their whole team, after the heist of Rio de Janeiro, having brought down a criminal empire by pocketing 100 million dollars, dispersed all over the world. But the inability to return home and the obligation to live on the run permanently leave their lives with the bitter taste of incompletion.
After defeating Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and his gang, and obtaining amnesty, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and their friends are back in the United States to lead a new quiet family life. Brian begins to adjust to his life as a father while Dom tries to help Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) regain her memory by taking her back to the Race Wars; however, after an altercation with Hector (Noel Gugliemi), an old friend of theirs and organizer of the tournament, she leaves.
Later, Dom finds her in the cemetery in front of her grave, convinced that she will never regain her memory. As Dom prepares to destroy her, Letty stops him, insisting that the Letty he knew died the day she lost her memory, and so it’s a new Letty he has. in front of him. And with these words, Letty abandons Dom and disappears in the car.
Early in the film, Owen’s older brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), has broken into the secure hospital where Owen lies in a coma and has sworn revenge on Dom and his team.Meanwhile Luke Hobbs hunts down a group of mercenary drivers with formidable talents, whose leader, Owen Shaw, is seconded with an iron fist by the love Dominic thought he had lost forever: Leticia Ortiz.
The only way to stop their actions is to dethrone them by surpassing their reputation. Luke therefore asks Dominic to assemble his shock team in London. In return? They will all be pardoned and will be able to return to their families to live a normal life.
10. Give ‘Em Hell, Malone – Evelyn
Release Date: 2009
Former private detective turned shooter-for-hire Malone (Thomas Jane) takes on a case that involves removing a mysterious case from a building full of armed bandits. Left the only survivor of the operation, Malone opens the case and finds a paper doll in it, as well as the only clue – an elephant toy. Suspecting that the assignment was a set-up, Malone begins his own investigation and tries to find out who his employer was.